Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #19

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON PROPOSED PARKING CHARGES BEFORE JUNE 22

Derby Pool car park users have their say now its up to the rest of you to let Wirral Council know that drivers aren’t cash cows to fund fat cats.

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION OF THE WEEK

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Here’s the latest artist’s impression for Wirral Waters (are they still calling it that?)

Apparently so :

As well as creating a hub for marine ‘entrepreneurship, enterprise, skills and culture’, the complex will revamp the 1860s central hydraulic tower and engine house designed by Jesse Hartley as a copy of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The Grade II-listed building was bombed during the Second World War and has remained largely derelict ever since.

Read more here : Wirral Waters Marine Complex

It wouldn’t surprise us that the next thing you know Wirral Council leader  Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies and the usual crew from the Wirral Chamber of Commerce will be jetting off to Italy to twin Birkenhead with Florence!

However it seems to us that Wirral Waters continues to progress with its opportunistic, ad hoc  developments. A dementia care village here, a marine complex there etc; etc ; – backed by a never ending portfolio of artist’s impressions . All very eyecatching – but not as eyecatching as the big red bridge in Tower Road that is still resolutely refusing to be put back in its place.

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Pic courtesy of Wirral Globe

BAMBOO HULLABALOO

From “Save Our Social Housing” Facebook group :

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Might we suggest that Labour Party members approach Wirral Councillors who sit on Magenta Living’s Board and particularly their Labour representatives Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes and Cllr Stuart ‘Witless’ Whittingham (or even Tory councillor  Jeff Green – after all he is Foulkesy’s ‘kindred’). Or perhaps not……

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AND FINALLY ……THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

Details of  latest Wirral councillors ‘Gifts and Hospitality’ register has been published . Needless to say we were particularly drawn to Council leader  Power Boy Pip’s entries. which are as follows :

Birkenhead and Tranmere leader of the council Cllr Phil Davies

March 11, 2018: Visit to New York for the City Leadership initiative – March 11 to 15, 2018, offered by Bloomberg Foundation.

Accepted.  

Value: unknown.

November 28, 2017: Meal and concert ticket at the Echo Arena, Liverpool offered by The Contact Company.

Accepted.

Value: unknown.

As our eyewitness source told us last November the latter was not just a meal and concert ticket- Pip  was in a private box….

 

….council leader Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies , seen bopping away in a PRIVATE box in the Liverpool Echo Arena at last night’s Queen & Adam Lambert concert, paid for the dubious privilege or at least made an appropriate conflict of interest declaration. Just sayin’ …… Full story here : A Repulsive Exclusive

We thought at the time that Pip could have been enjoying the hospitality of the Liverpool Echo itself  but it now transpires that he was the beneficiary of Asif Hamid’s largesse (!) via The Contact Company . As far as we’re concerned this is considerably worse in terms of conflict of interest , especially when you consider that Hamid is the Chair of Wirral Chamber of Commerce who have been the beneficiaries of Wirral Council generosity when it comes to giving the Chamber  grace and favour properties – sometimes at peppercorn rent. We would’ve thought that it would have been prudent of Pip to think twice before accepting such a gift.

But then we suppose this is nothing new for Pip. After all he is used to dancing to an old Queen’s tune isn’t he?…….

Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #18

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PARK AND SNIDE

We’ve been sent this picture (or a triptych as one of our clever contributors called it) . It came with a cross -eyed witness report which read :

There is a lot of dancing around a pole at Derby  Pool car park today…people attempting to read this notice. You have to take up 3 different positions to read it….  it’s all a bit Birkenhead lap dancing club….
Surely not legal?
Meanwhile one of many Wirral Leaks readers sent us the Wirral Council weblink to their new car parking charges proposals. One reader wrote :

I’m sure you’ve been inundated with this but if not read the full details.

One major flaw is they plan to charge £20 after 10pm. How is that going to sit with people out for a drink,at the cinema or at the pavilion.
Regards
Yes I’m sure you’ll agree it’s all very snidey from Wirral Council. No change there then – although unfortunately it’ll be you who not only needs the loose change but a couple of tenners!
THE LOWDOWN ON HIGHBROW 
For those of you who want to catch up on the latest court news and specifically the Nigel Hobro case held this week  in Birkenhead County Court can we direct you to another full eyewitness report here
The interesting aspect for us was the ruling that the case was statute barred meaning that Hobro had run out of time to bring a claim for compensation. That would surely also be the case for the Wirralgate complainants but fortunately for them they’ve got an incriminating recording and bent Birkenhead MP Frank Field in their corner to ‘demand’ a bespoke investigation by good friend Nick Warren.We’ll have to wait and see how that case pans out but we’d love to see how it would stand  up in a court of law. The answer being that of course that it wouldn’t.
THE GREEN TIDE IS RISING
Talking of a desperate and clearly rattled MP witnessing his vice-like grip – and boy do we mean vice – on his God-given constituency begin to loosen . Once again  many readers (and interestingly enough Labourites or should that be Labour-Rights?) have sent us the personal email sent by Frankenfield to the party faithful and his insightful analysis of the recent local elections
Hello Wirral Leaks,

Below is a excerpt from a Frank Field Labour email talking about their local election campaign in Birkenhead. Frank can’t seem to fathom that other parties giving people something to vote for means that Labour can’t take the electorate for granted (something he clearly has done for his whole parliamentary career). As for the phrase ‘Herculean effort’, and looking at the amount of resources Labour poured into it, surely a more apt description of the election in Birkenhead and Tranmere would be David versus Goliath?

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Frank comments, ‘I was really pleased to campaign with each of Labour’s terrific candidates – Jeff Davies, Sam Frost, Liz Grey, Paul Jobson, Moira McLaughlin, and Gill Wood – in the run-up to the local elections, in which Labour maintained its majority on Wirral Council.

‘The breakdown of the Birkenhead results reveals some notable trends. Since this round of seats was last contested in 2014, UKIP’s share of the vote in Birkenhead has totally collapsed (from 17.5 per cent, to nil). Meanwhile, Labour’s share of the vote has increased by 6.5 percentage points (from 48.2 per cent, 54.7 per cent) and the Greens’ by 6 percentage points (from 13.2 per cent, to 19.2 per cent). This illustrates how heavily the Greens are targeting certain wards in Birkenhead. The Lib Dems’ vote increased by 3.1 percentage points (from 11 per cent, to 14.1 per cent), and the Tories’ by 2.1 percentage points (from 9.2 per cent, to 11.3 per cent).

‘There was a Herculean effort to wrestle back Birkenhead & Tranmere to Labour, and to win in Oxton, but the Green and Lib Dem vote held up in each respective ward.

‘It is worth spending time as a party to understand why we did so well, relatively speaking, in Bidston & St James, Claughton, and Rock Ferry, while results elsewhere have raised real issues for next year. Unless we rethink the strategy in Prenton, for example, this seat could well fall to the Greens within a couple of elections.

‘Across Wirral, UKIP’s share of the vote fell by 16.5 percentage points (from 16.6 per cent, to 0.1 per cent). The Tories’ share of the vote increased by 7.4 percentage points (from 28.9 per cent, to 36.3 per cent), Labour’s by 6.7 percentage points (from 38.1 per cent, to 44.8 per cent), the Lib Dems’ by 1.6 percentage points (from 8.4 per cent, to 10 per cent), and the Greens’ by 0.8 percentage points (from 7.7 per cent, to 8.5 per cent).’

So we say to the good people of Prenton – the old certainties are over , you know what to do come the next local elections – make ’em earn it or even better give Frank and his phonies a well deserved kick up the arse.

Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #4

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WW1 : Artist’s impression # 256

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As far as ‘Wirral Waters’ press releases goes this really is the best one yet. You can almost smell the desperation.  Note how the quietly abandoned ‘Wirral Waters’ scheme has suddenly and mysteriously been ‘transformed’ into ‘Wirral Waters One’ . Whoever thought of that new branding needs shooting – say it out loud , it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue does it? Can we also point out that when it comes to acronyms WW1 has already been taken? Just sayin’

Apparently Wirral Council’s Cabinet will announce tomorrow that a massive (! )£100,000 will ‘kick start’ a £90,000,000 residential development in ‘Wirral Waters One’ !

The proposal is a joint venture between the council and landowners Peel Holdings, and includes the Legacy Foundation – an investment fund established by former Tranmere Rovers player Aaron Cresswell………..The Legacy Foundation will provide £100,000 of funding in the first year to be invested in community activities. Full story : Wirral Waters One

We don’t get a breakdown of the total investment between Peel Holdings/ Wirral Council/Legacy Foundation but you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be Wirral Council (or more accurately Wirral council taxpayers) who will be putting their hands the deepest into their pockets when it comes to ‘kick starting’ this proposal. Nor do we get an explanation as to what is meant by ‘community activities’

Instead stepping up to take credit for the momentous investment was Birkenhead MP Frank Field  (huh?)

“An idea bringing the largest programme of new housing to Wirral in living memory, announced today, is the brainchild of Andrew Forsey who is the head of my Parliamentary office.Through his work in making contact with footballers interested in making long term investments from their pensions. Andrew helped to persuade a crop of current and former Premier League players – including Aaron Cresswell, who was a Tranmere Rovers player and now plays for West Ham – to see whether it would be possible for his investment fund to begin work in Wirral Waters.”

Is it just us ? – or is is there something vaguely nauseating about poverty tourist Frank Field’s parliamentary office brainstorming about the ‘loadsamonies’ who they can approach with the begging bowl without considering whether it’s morally right that footballers and the like can earn such huge sums of money or question as to whether as a society we’ve got our values all wrong? Nevertheless it is interesting to discover that Wirral’s ‘largest programme of new housing’ is somehow the responsibility of Frank Field’s Parliamentary office isn’t it?!

NUMBER – CRUNCHING   – Aaron Cresswell’s  current fortnightly salary at West Ham Utd  = £100,000 ! (well fancy that!)  See here : West Ham Utd Salaries 2018

So what we’d like tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting to do is finally come clean and announce that ‘Wirral Waters One’ and indeed the ‘ Hoylake Golf Resort’ proposal are merely opportunistic housing developments and quit the soft soap.

 

                                                              Vexatious , Moi?

Wirral Council seemed to have backed off the desperate claim that Wirral Council taxpayer Charles Nunn is ‘vexatious’ for asking pertinent questions about the continuing employment of highly paid consultant Stewart Halliday . See their latest response here : Halliday FOI

Mr Nunn comments :

At last a part reply to my F.of Information request.
Halliday has had his contract extended for a further SIX MONTHS from 1st. January, 2018.
Another £90,000 odd from the Wirral Council Tax payer.
It may be worth a mention in your esteemed publication.
Charles

                           

                                           CGL:  “……and nobody seemed to care “

Many thanks to those who keep us appraised of national charity Change,Grow Live who are the grateful recipient of Wirral’s largest ( £7 million +) Public Health contract. Their latest mishap involves them in a massive data breach involving abandoned files found in an empty Tameside office  containing highly personal details about the lives of vulnerable young people – including abuse survivors. Once again we fear we have seen the future of health and social care. Be afraid, be very afraid.

CGL- Tameside

 

                                                     Posted Truth

A source writes :

By way of obscure and tenuous response to you excellent ‘Post Truth’ contribution/blog

… I am sending you this ‘Posted Truth’ image… I reckon you could say it is both a statement of fact…. and a protest. (Which I obviously feel to be a good thing).

Posted Truth

 

 

                                                       De-Stressed Eric 

A local barfly informs us :

Eric (Robinson) was recently seen in a pub in Liverpool when he should have been working – the pub being ‘Brew Dog’ dressed in casuals.
The council is no better than when we had the other 3 – it’s probably worse.

Now we can’t confirm whether Stressed Eric was on council duty or not whilst allegedly quaffing the craft ale – but we have to ask as to whether anyone would notice the difference ? Plus we simply don’t want to think about him dressed in his ‘casuals’.

Having said that we don’t need convincing that Wirral Council is worse than ever under his , ahem, ‘leadership’  As for ‘the other 3’ – whoever could they mean?!

       

                                               A Cautionary Tale

In Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #2 we commented on recent developments where Mayor Joe Anderson was interviewed  by Merseyside Police ‘under caution’ in relation to the ongoing fraud probe involving Liverpool City Council CEO Ged Fitzgerald and others. We now hear of someone closer to home who it is alleged was also interviewed under caution by Merseyside Police in relation to an altogether different matter. However such are the extreme sensitivities surrounding this particular case we are precluded from reporting any further. Nevertheless we will be following developments with interest….